There are 3 probably the best plasma cutters under 800 dollars or less (prices can change in time).
1. AHP AlphaCut 60
Good quality and value plasma cutter. This plasma cutter price changes very often, but if you can get it for $800 or less, it will be a good deal. This plasma cutter can be good for professionals and beginner users. It will cut precise and fast. If you are looking for your first plasma cutter and you have budget for this, it will be definitely worth it. This plasma cutter will be better than cheap ones. AHP AlphaCut 60 will also be good for professional use in repair shops, not only for DIY projects at home. With continuous pilot arc you will be able to cut expanded, rusted and painted metals. Manufacturers page here.
- 60 Amp,
- Pilot Arc,
- 60% Duty cycle at 60 amps,
- dual voltage:110/220 voltage (comes with adapter)
2. Hobart Airforce 12i Plasma Cutter
This plasma cutter comes with built in air compressor. It is not so powerful, but built in air compressor gives it ultra portability, because you not need to carry around compressor, take only plasma cutter and you good to go. Only one machine needed to carry around. Manufacturers page here. Other plasma cutters with built in air compressor see here.
- Built in Air Compressor
- Cuts faster than oxy fuel
- Smaller heat-affected zone for less warping
- No gas pressure settings for flame tuning needed
3. Eastwood Versa Cut 60 Plasma Cutter
This Eastwood plasma cutter is very portable. It is good choice for clean and fast metal cutting. Great for different conductive metals like steel, stainless steel or aluminum. Cuts as thin as 24 gauge, or maximum thickness around 7/9 inch. Very powerful plasma cutter. Significantly faster than mechanical cut. I also has pilot arc that allow instant arc striking and ease of use when cutting rusty or expanded metals. It has internal moisture separator. The Eastwood versa-cut 60 requires a 50 amp breaker, 220V, 50/60Hz. Manufacturers page here.
- 220V AC input,
- Rated 60-amp output,
- cuts up to 7/8 inch,
- duty cycle: 60% at 60 amps
- air compressor requirements: 5-7 CFM at 60 PSI,
- size: 19.5 inch L x 14.5 inch H x 8.5 inch W
- weight 45 lbs
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